Pella Chronicle

Religion

April 19, 2012

God has a plan for your life

Pella — Have you ever wondered about what God’s plan is for your life?  I’m certain there are high school and college students in our community about to graduate this spring who have been considering that very question (or, if not, they need to be)!  All of us want desperately to have a purpose in life.  And finding it begins with a relationship with the God who made us. Entering a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is God’s primary plan for us, and knowing His plan for the rest of our lives starts there!

Let’s take a look at one of the Apostle Paul’s prayers for the church in 2 Thessalonians, chapter 1, verses 11-12:  “We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in your and you in Him, according to the grace of our God…(NIV).”  God’s will for your life is nothing to fear or dread.  God wants what is BEST for you, and He wants you to know His wonderful plan for your life even more than YOU want to find it.  But we don’t find His will without searching for it and without preparing ourselves for it!

It is in God’s Word, the Bible, that we find the blueprint of God’s plan for us.  In this Book, we find God has told us all to pray, read His Word, worship Him with our lives, mature in our relationship with Him, assemble together with other believers, forgive one another, accept one another, love one another, and tell others of God’s love and salvation in Jesus Christ (to list a few).  But He also has a plan for each of us that is a personal call. It’s a plan which fits who we are as individual believers in Christ!

Discovering that personal call starts with obeying what we already know of His will, and then trusting Him to lead us through our obedience to Him.  I remember when God was calling me to a preaching ministry, I became very unsettled in the career I was in and I began praying, “God, what do you want me to do?”  I sought the counsel of godly men and one of them asked me a question that made all the difference;  he asked, “Are you obeying all that you know of God’s will for your life?”

Tough question, would you agree?  But a necessary question if we are to discern God’s direction.  Think about it.  Why would God show us His plan for our lives if we’re not willing to do what He’s already shown us?  God reveals His plans to those He knows will obey them!

What about you?  What is it you’ve told God you won’t do?  What area of your life are you not following Him (and I ask myself the same question)?  I believe we will go no further in our pilgrimage with God than our last step of disobedience to His Word!

Next week we’ll look at more truths from our text concerning God’s will for our lives.

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